Moshe Gershuni

No Father, No Mother

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Moshe Gershuni
No Father, No Mother

Ed. Neue Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Udo Kittelmann, Ory Dessau, graphic design by Sarah Lamparter, text(s) by Udo Kittelmann, Ory Dessau, Sarah Breitberg-Semel, Doreet LeVitte Harten

German, English

2014. 216 pp., 90 ills.


19.80 x 25.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3897-2

An artistic monument to the act of remembering, expressive and dark

The existential oeuvre of Moshe Gershuni (* 1936 in Tel Aviv) spans a period of over forty years. Uncom­promising and evocative, his prolific production of paintings, drawings, and sculptures has an unmedi­ated quality that is reflected in his working method. Spreading sheets of paper on the ground, he crawls over them, with his bare hands immersed in paint like blood-dripping wounds. Many paintings include historically loaded symbols and handwritten Hebrew passages from Jewish prayers, which turn the bumpy, overflowing surfaces of paint—his seemingly invol­untary, pre-lingual compositions—into a living theat­rical performance, a frenzied ritual. Sensual and con­ceptual, emotional and critical, authentic and well-staged, his works transcend oppositions, infusing his­torical commemoration with the cathartic immediacy of the painterly act.

Ausstellung/Exhibition: Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin 12.9.–31.12.2014

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